Institute For Environmental Studies


Ph.D. Student Funding Opportunity

A Geomorphic and Ecological Analysis of Using Mosses for Controlling Stream Bank Erosion

Funding is available for a Ph.D. student to conduct research on the impacts of mosses on low order alluvial stream banks in Virginia and Illinois.  Click here for additional information on this opportunity.

New Program, New Facilities

Fall 2014, MOLINE, IL - Students in WIU's new Environmental Science Ph.D. Program now have the opportunity to study and conduct research in brand new facilities located in the heart of the Upper Mississippi River basin. Click here to learn more.

WIU's First Ph.D. Program Gains Approval!

3-February 2014, MACOMB, IL - The Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission have granted approval to Western Illinois University to establish a Ph.D. program in environmental science. The new degree program, which focuses on large river ecosystem, will be available at the WIU-Quad Cities Campus.  Click here to read more.

Prospective Ph.D. students - click here for more specific information about our new program.

La Moine River Ecosystem Partnership features WIU ornithologist as Keynote Speaker.

13-November 2013, Dr. Tom Dunstan, Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences, will be the keynote speaker at the La Moine River Ecosystem Partnership's Annual Meeting at 6:30 pm in Rushville, IL.  Click here for additional details.

Many thanks to everyone who participated in the joint 2013 Upper Mississippi River and Urban Waterfronts Conferences!

Thanks to those who contributed to the success of the joint Upper Mississippi River and Urban Watersheds Conferences, held from September 25-28, at the River Center in Davenport, IA.  This year's conference, co-sponsored by the WIU College of Arts & Sciences' Institute for Environmental Studies, attracted attendees from the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, Angola, China, and Portugal.  U.S.-based participants came from 20 states plus the District of Columbia.

Approval to offer a Ph.D. in Environmental Science granted by the Illinois Board of Higher Education

6-August 2013, the Illinois Board of Higher Education passed the following motion: "... And grants to Western Illinois University authorization to establish the Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Science: Large River Ecosystems in the Western Region subject to the institution’s implementation and maintenance of the conditions that were presented in its application and that form the basis upon which this authorization is granted." Approval to offer the program will now be sought from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).


Ph.D. program in Environmental Science approved by WIU Board of Trustees

21-September 2012, A Ph.D. in Environmental Science, with an emphasis on large river ecosystem science was approved by the WIU BOT. The multidisciplinary degree will allow WIU to provide greater coherence to the field of large river ecosystem science, broaden the advanced training available to its students, enhance opportunities for faculty engagement in scholarship, directly support regional economic and community development and advance its position as a leader in environmental research on the upper Mississippi River. The new degree program will be forwarded to the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) for consideration. The full press release is available here.

Summary of environmental studies minors, 2013.

Mock up of "Voices of the Hennepin Canal," a book by Dr. Bill Griffin.

Voices of the Hennepin Canal - A new book by Dr. Bill Griffin,WIU Professor Emeritus of Geography

Click the book icon to learn more about the  book and to order your own copy!

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